Daily Archives: February 3, 2016

Evaluating and Valuing Cull Beef Cows and Their Carcasses

Evaluating and Valuing Cull Beef Cows and Their Carcasses

Troy Smith

Angus Beef Bulletin

If you think all cull cows going to slaughter end up as hamburger, think again. That was the message shared by Colorado State University meat scientist Dale Woerner during the 24th biennial Range Beef Cow Symposium in November.

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How Valuabull?

How Valuabull?

Aaron Berger

University of Nebraska

The spring bull sale season is underway. Catalogs are being studied, EPDs and individual animal performance numbers are being compared and choices are being made as to which bulls will be the next herd sires.

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Biological signal indicates ‘go time’ for newborns

Biological signal indicates ‘go time’ for newborns

Miranda Reiman

Farm and Ranch Guide

A baby calf nursing for the first time … if everything’s going right, it might look a little peaceful. But no matter how serene it may seem on the outside, what’s happening inside is a fast and furious defense system. The biological signal that calf, and its immune system, gets could be summed up as, “It’s go time!”

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The Challenge of Describing Sustainability in the Beef Industry

The Challenge of Describing Sustainability in the Beef Industry

Robin Salverson

iGrow

The definition of sustainability in agriculture is a much debated topic. When focusing on production agriculture, Cameron Bruett with JBS USA and past president of the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef, put it simply as “Doing more with less. Doing better today than you did yesterday so you have the opportunity to improve tomorrow. It is about continuous improvement”.

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Cold Weather Increases Energy Requirements for Spring-Calving Herds

Cold Weather Increases Energy Requirements for Spring-Calving Herds

Cheryl Anderson

DTN

Cows require more energy in winter to stay warm and to maintain their core body temperature during prolonged periods of cold, according to Justin Waggoner, research and extension beef systems specialist at Kansas State University.

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Cattle minerals – getting your sights on a moving target

Cattle minerals – getting your sights on a moving target

Mark Parker

FarmTalk

Animal requirements are not constant and, most importantly, standing forage mineral content can vary significantly with grazing pressure, seasonal maturity and even pasture to pasture.

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Small grains as forage: Harvest or graze soon, not late

Small grains as forage: Harvest or graze soon, not late

Daren D. Redfearn

Progressive Forage Grower

Incorporating small grains offers many benefits for forage production; however, not all small-grain species are equal when it comes to forage production. There are substantial differences in terms of seasonality, cold tolerance and the ability of the species to be incorporated into existing cropping systems.

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